Kiera Matiska graduated from the University of Michigan in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, a minor in Environmental Geology, and a specialization in Conservation Biology. In her undergraduate career, she worked with Students for Clean Energy to raise awareness around energy consumption in on-campus housing and dining. Through rigorous coursework, she also gained valuable skills in environmental fieldwork, research, and communication. Kiera has conducted research on anthropogenic factors affecting wetlands and travelled throughout Southeastern Michigan working to restore ecosystems by removing invasive species and rehabilitating river environments. In the summer of 2020, she worked as a fisheries intern at the Great Lakes Science Center branch of the U.S. Geological Survey assisting research in creating bioenergetic models for different sexed Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush). In the Bren program, Kiera is interested in specializing in Conservation Planning, with a focus in Communication and Media, where she hopes to continue building her interdisciplinary skillset to aid conservation initiatives around the globe.